Green Parrot Bar, Key West
The Green Parrot Bar is a Key West icon. It's been around since 1890, although it wasn't the Green Parrot at the beginning.
In 1890 Anthony Sanchez opened a grocery store. Local musicians, often Cuban and Bahamian transplanats, created impromptu descargas or jam sessions, playing late into the night. During World War II, the grocery store became The Brown Derby Bar, an air-conditioned hangout for submarine sailors stationed at the base only a block away. The Navy pulled out in the early 1970s and Key West became a haven for free spirits of all kinds. A new buyer was smart enough to adapt to the trend and transformed the Navy hangout into an open-air hipster watering hole, re-naming it The Green Parrot Bar. It has remained the same through another owner to the present day.
The music is life, the people are a mixture of locals, celebrities, tourists, and everybody's relaxed. It's open from 10 AM to 4 AM. It's truly a bar, the only food being free popcorn that's always popping fresh. You can be whoever and whatever you want to be - the true Key West spirit.
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